Home > About JAMSTEC > Research and Development

Research and Development

The philosophy towards achieving the goal of becoming a fully ocean-based nation is briefly stated in the Basic Act on Ocean Policy established in 2007, and is now being put into practice. JAMSTEC’s role in this mission is very clear: to support our society in achieving this goal, through developing new scientific and technological capabilities which contribute to the sustainable development, and responsible maintenance, of a peaceful and fulfilling global society.

We believe that the path to making this research institute a global leader is based on reflecting on past achievements, accepting the challenge of developing an integrated and comprehensive understanding of the Ocean, Earth, and Life; and the pursuit of ever-advanced theories to open new paradigms of research. These challenges can help JAMSTEC develop new marine-related scientific knowledge, create advanced technologies, and propose specific solutions for social issues.

The basic philosophies of these activities are uniqueness, flexibility, and adaptability. Uniqueness of applying novel approaches to problem solving; flexibility is needed in applying research results to societal needs, and adaptability is necessary for coordinating diverse lines of research towards future goals. Systems thinking, capturing the mutual influences of various events and phenomena, and combining them, is the new paradigm. Dynamically developing viewpoints from the micro to the macro and then back again, from basic concepts to applications and vice versa—are the challenges existing beyond currently established fields and efforts.

Cited from the "JAMSTEC Vision" [2013]

Executive Director for Research Yoshihisa Shirayama

Executive Director for Research
Yoshihisa Shirayama

Strategic Research and Development Area

  • Research and Development Center for Global Change (RCGC)
    • Marine Ecosystem Dynamics Research Group
    • Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction Research Group
    • Ocean Circulation Research Group
    • Global Chemical and Physical Oceanography Group
    • Arctic Ocean and Climate System Research Group
  • Research and Development Center for Ocean Drilling Science
    • Plate Boundary Drilling Research Group
    • Mantle and Continental Crust Drilling Research Group
    • Borehole Informatics Group
  • Research and Development Center for Earthquake and Tsunami
    • Ocean Floor observatory Technology Development Group
    • Earthquake and Tsunami Forecasting System Research Group
    • Seismogenic Zone Monitoring Research Group
    • Offshore Fault Evaluation Group
    • Structural Seismology Group
    • Integrated Earthquake Observation and Research Group
    • Marine Geology and Geophysics Group
    • Planning and Coordination Group
  • Research and Development Center for Marine Biosciences
    • Marine Functional Biology Group
    • Frontier Research Group
    • Marine Bioresource Exploration Research Group
  • Research and Development Center for Submarine Resources
    • Geobio-Engineering and Technology Group
    • Submarine Hydrothermal System Research Group
    • Resource Geochemistry Group
    • Ore Genesis Research Group
    • Environmental Impact Assessment Research Group
    • Exploration Research Group
    • Planning and Coordination Group
  • Application Laboratory (APL)
    • Climate Variability Prediction and Application Research Group (CVPARG)
    • Environmental Variability Prediction and Application Research Group (EVPARG)
    • Applied Marine Science Information Research Group (AMSIRG)
  • Project Team for Risk Information on Climate Change
    • Research Unit for Earth System Model Development and Application
    • Research Unit for Projection Technology Development
    • Research Unit for Reduction of Uncertainty in Climate Sensitivity
  • Project Team for Analyses of Changes in East Japan Marine Ecosystems
    • Research Unit for Ecosystem Changes
    • Research Unit for Marine Environmental Changes Monitoring
    • Research Unit for Habitat Mapping
    • Research Unit for Data Management

Basic Research Area

Sites

Research Support Department

Executive Director for Development and Operation Hitoshi Hotta

Executive Director for Development and Operation
Hitoshi Hotta

Marine Technology and Engineering Center (MARITEC)

  • Planning and Coordination Office
  • Marine Technology Development Department
    • Marine Key Technology Group
    • Underwater Vehicle Technology Group
    • Long-Term Observation Technology Group
    • Underwater Acoustic Technology Group
    • Marine Sensor Technology Group
  • Research Fleet Department
    • Planning Group
    • Ship Operations and Engineering Group
    • Underwater Vehicle Operations Group
    • Coastal Area and EEZ Coordination Group
    • Seafarer Team
  • Research Vessel Construction Office

Center for Earth Information Science and Technology (CEIST)

  • Planning and Coordination Office
  • Advanced Earth Information Research Department
    • Earth Simulation Research Group
    • Advanced Visualization and Computation Research Group
  • Geoinformatics Research Department
    • Data Synthesis Research Group
    • Data Dissemination Research Group
  • Information Systems Department
    • System Engineering and Operations Group
    • Computational Technology Group
    • High-Performance Computing (HPC) Application Research Group
    • Management Information Systems Group
  • Data Management and Engineering Department
    • Data Informatics Group
    • Data Management Group (DMG)
  • Global Oceanographic Data Center (GODAC)
    • Data Research and Development Group
    • General Affairs Division

Center for Deep Earth Exploration (CDEX)

  • Planning and Coordination Office
  • Operations Department
    • Marine Operation Group
    • Drilling Operation Group
  • Technology Department
    • Technology Group I
    • Technology Group II
  • Science Services Department
    • Science Operation Group
    • Geological Evaluation Group
    • Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Group